The English emo-screamo outfit Animal Breakdown are working on the a two track side single for release imminently.
The past few features have been of music which is likely to polarise with some running away as fast as their legs can carry them, others settling back in the chair to take more time – with Animal Breakdown being of the same vein.
I was minded of The Fall, for no discernible reason musically rather, having had a listen to their back catalogue, limited as it is, the common link between the two being that there is no immediately evident coupling between one song and another.
Black Horse (available on bandcamp), which will be accompanied by Parting Glass with which Black Horse may or may not be musically connected when it surfaces so don’t take it as a guide to their sound rather as a piece of music I think adds to the weave of the tapestry of world music by a band I look forward to hearing much more from over time.
The newest track, Monsters, from their next and soon to be released EP, which is also available as a standalone single, finds CoCo And The Butterfields in quite different territory to music of theirs I have previously heard. Though still drawn from folk traditions, the celtic tones have softened to be replaced by soft-brush balladeer. Whilst now minding more of music to be savoured at a summer-fête than a summer festival, the material remains accessible and welcoming of all.
The English brit-blues quartet Lois will release of their second LP, Guns Of The Governor on the 11th of November.
Akin to the flow of the music, they are in no great rush to reveal recorded material, Guns Of The Governor being the follow-up album to the 2014 release The Polperro Horse Bus Company. The quartet make-up for the infrequency of studio time with their live performance schedule which has seen them establish a strong following.
The dozen track, roughly forty eight minutes, LP is replete with many gems as Lois deliver their luxuriantly textured, slowly revolving compositions. There is a natural and endearing timbre to the output which ensures that even for those who have never come across their music previously, within moments, Lois feels like old friends the listener hasn’t heard from in a while.
The retrospective album – a sparsely overdubbed 8-track recording, thereby enhancing the warmth of the analogue keyboard, how could I not make a recommendation – is best enjoyed with a hoppy ale to hand to slowly sup and savour.
My pick of the release, having waxed-lyrical on the calm flow of the music is, unsurprisingly to longer stay readers, of course neither mellow nor slowly paced being the jive inviting seventh track You Know She Does Me Wrong which takes the listener to the ’60s Cavern Club.
The English acoustic-rock outfit Harri Larkin will be releasing their début LP Beach City next year.
Their only song I have been able to hear – Sunburn – which will be on the album, was released on the 18th as a standalone single and is available on bandcamp.
There is a dour melancholia that slides in to the room as a vaguely emo vocal reference mixes with a sprightly guitar and taut drum-kit while bass provides a solidity of spine resulting in a track that signals of an album I am looking forward to hearing more from in due course.
King Catcher, the English nu-disco duo surfaced with their latest track on the 16th.
King Catcher – Do You Like It? – artwork
On each occasion I become aware of new material by King Catcher the feeling is similar to turning out the light to dress while randomly plucking items of clothing from the rails of a fancy-dress shop and on each occasion being delighted by the wacky wardrobe, which may be bright and spangly, tight and dayglo or smooth and muted.
This time around – the attire is of flared trousers, tailored suit-coat and neon baseball boots as Do You Like It? stretches through the room in wave of sartorial elegance prior to dissolving in to a number inviting the listener to step on to the under-lighting of the dance-floor and groove away the day.